Hands on with the Atomos AtomX Sync
During the Interbee 2019 expo in Japan Atomos (finally) showcased a working prototype of its upcoming AtomX Sync unit that is designed to allow wireless timecode and sync between any number of Ninja V units and cameras. Matt from Newsshooter had a chance to talk to Atomos at the show and he was impressed by this upcoming cool little device and how useful it can be for multi-camera work.
A while back Atomos had a nifty idea – create a tiny add-on to their popular Ninja V (there are a number of those now) that can sync several cameras together. Audio sync devices are pretty common these days but if you are working with several external recorders on several different cameras it can be very useful if you can use one to control the others and that is exactly what Atomos did with the AtomX Sync.
For each unit, you have a number of simple settings to set ut (including things like master/slave, channel etc.) and then you can start recording by pressing rec on the main unit and all the slave units connected wirelessly will start recording themselves immediately.
The unit will embed timecode directly into the ProRes or Avid DnXHD file in the Ninja V which you can use in most leading video editing software later on.
The AtomX Sync module has an official range of up to 300m and can work between dozens of connected devices, bringing what Atomos calls “broadcast level standards to any HDMI cameras”. The AtomX Sync even has a built-in battery extender that allows for continuous power when swapping batteries (up to 7 min), ensuring uninterrupted operation.
According to Atomos the unit should be available in the next few weeks, pricing is set at $150.
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